View Full Version : December 8, 2012 Paintalong - Questions, comments, paintings relating to December 8

12-04-2012, 04:41 PM
As usual, please try to keep your questions and comments relevant to the December 8, 2012 Paintalong.

Johannes has said that he will be working in OILS, and that the ratio of the painting is 4:5; this includes 8x10, 12x15, and 16x20, 24 x 30. He has posted the ref photo at the student access page.
You can get to the student access page from the email he sent last Friday, November 30, subject line Instructions for Art Class Dec 1.

Here's what should be in this thread:

- Comments and questions about the December 8 Paintalong, including medium, size, palette, surface prep, etc.
- J's final painting
- Students' paintings based on the Dec 8 paintalong
- Comments and critiques about the paintings that are posted.

Please DON'T POST general discussion relating to the paintalongs as a whole, including comments about ustream, technical glitches, suggestions for future paintalongs, dates and times, "where's the thread for XYZ?", how awesome Johannes is for doing these, etc - those should go in the http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/misc/paperclip.gif Paint Along 4 Winter session Nov 24 to Dec 15 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1297442) Thread or the general Paint Along Discussion thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1114192)
or in some other relevant thread.

EXCEPTION: Johannes can post anything he wants here.

Here's what NOT to post, here or anywhere: J's email or the link to get the photos, download the videos, etc, because those reveal the Secret Password. (Oh, and don't post the password.)

12-04-2012, 04:43 PM
The reference photo is posted on the student access page - drawing to follow.

For those who miss the fine print, Johannes notes: "On December 15 I will do pastel.".


12-05-2012, 12:39 PM
Johannes: Will you be toning the canvas with Burnt Sienna?


Johannes Instructor
12-05-2012, 04:39 PM
Johannes: Will you be toning the canvas with Burnt Sienna?


12-06-2012, 03:47 PM


12-06-2012, 06:09 PM
NOON Eastern time..


12-06-2012, 07:35 PM
I always forget! LOL Thanks for having my back. Micki

NOON Eastern time..


12-06-2012, 09:36 PM
you're very welcome Micki.. LOL

12-07-2012, 01:32 PM
I just noticed some small print on the student access page regarding the December 8, 2012 paint-along session:

I have decided not to do the drawing before class because I would cover the trees with the background anyway which will be very simple to draw tomorrow during class time.
So all of you just tone your canvas with burnt sienna and we will do the drawing together in the video.


12-09-2012, 04:29 AM
This is as far as I got last night before my eyes were telling me it was bedtime:lol:

Still needs some work on the snow and then those scary foreground trees.

I've just noticed that my sunset reflection is bang in the center. I shall also have to work on that.

Although I hate snow, I quite enjoyed it. Hard keeping up though, Jo knows where he is going and doesn't always explain what he is doing - you just see the magical appearance of 'things' as they emerge. But I certainly learned a few things, and it is always an interesting exercise.:clap:

Let's see if I can do the trees :eek:

12-09-2012, 05:09 AM
I quite agree Marion. Although I do enjoy a lot all these paint along - and will always ask for more - I would be more than happy to know we're Jo is going when he starts a painting. Of course we have the picture but sometimes it's not quite followed. The pic is always less attractive than Jo's painting. So things appear under our strokes without us - or me at least - knowing exactly what I am heading to. The result I get is sometimes amazing because without noticing it consciously, I have been learning a lot thanks to Jo's marvellous teaching.
If I may Marion, I think your lights and shadows on the snow are good but I would tone down the red in the water and flatten these reflections which are like red spots on cheeks. ... Lol ! Very good start for this WIP. Love your sky.

12-09-2012, 06:40 AM
Thanks for the reply Jacdesusbielle. I'm more than grateful for your observations - I see it now :lol: Funny how some things only pop out when you post.
I was painting with a great big floodlight as it is so dark in the room. It is hard to get the correct values, but on the whole I was fairly pleased this morning.

12-09-2012, 07:45 AM
It is true we always note things regarding our work AFTER we post it. That is the reason I like these forums for critiquing. I am about as far along as that as well and will wait for the download to continue. I must say Jo ended up with a beautiful painting. I may try this technique in pastel as well.

12-09-2012, 11:47 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2012/174457-PC090055.JPG Ohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2012/174457-Johannes_Dec_8_paintalong.jpgOK here goes! Acrylic on canvas paper 11 x 14. Love, love, love these classes. Thanks, Jo

just having fun
12-09-2012, 12:41 PM
VERY NICE PAINTING! :thumbsup: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2012/174457-PC090055.JPG Ohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2012/174457-Johannes_Dec_8_paintalong.jpgOK here goes! Acrylic on canvas paper 11 x 14. Love, love, love these classes. Thanks, Jo

12-09-2012, 01:02 PM
I don't worry about where Joe is going because I know he will always lead us to a happy place! I am trying to paint faster so, I don't really consentrate on my details. There is so much to learn and with each paint- a- long, Joe is alway providing me with more clues to improve my painting. This is painted in one session with no revisions. Acrylic on Canvas 16x20.

Sienna black
12-09-2012, 01:23 PM
Here is my painting from yesterday. Great class! I just ask that you tell us to texture the canvas if that is what you will be doing. Thanks.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2012/221528-On_Golden_Pond.jpg

12-09-2012, 01:26 PM
IMO ... Many of us have taken classes with Johannes for two years - or have purchased and viewed the classes. Maybe we have a bit of an edge as to "where Jo is going" - or we can give a good guess. LOL

The paint-along sessions are a learning experience not available anywhere, to my knowledge, unless you are in studio. And, you cannot match the teaching quality, time shared, and the fee.

I felt yesterdays session most important for me - out of my comfort zone with the "orange". I was doing okay until the water and found my canvas was toned too dark in value for the hues being used by Jo. That's okay. With fresh eyes today, I see a few other changes before continuing with the water and remainder of the painting.

In conclusion, each paint-along sessions brings new insight and learning. I kick myself in the butt as I remember (after the fact, of course) what Johannes has taught us and make a mental or written note - or review a course - so I don't continue a bad habit or boo-boo.

I hope everyone has a great day. I am off to paint!


Johannes Instructor
12-09-2012, 07:35 PM
Here is the finished paining from Dec 8.


12-09-2012, 09:23 PM
Wow - this is beautiful Johannes!!!

Can't wait to do mine! I can't paint along with you as it is Sunday morning here in New Zealand and I have other commitments, so I just watch the first 2-3 hours and wait for the video.

Thank you so much for providing these classes for us. I have learn't so much in the last 2 years and each class brings out more golden nuggets!

12-10-2012, 06:28 AM
I agree with you Micki. Having taken all of Johannes classes during two years, I should know where he is heading to each time he starts a painting. But if I guess it is not always as clear as it should.
I am not complaining at all, I enjoy so much these paint along and I learned such a quantity of precious things (and still do) with Jo that I could do that every Saturday in spite of the very short night I get afterwards.

He is the most amazing teacher I ever met.

Btw, I am Herbeverte (stupid name but Ustream would not accept any other one I proposed ....), your wine drinker !

12-10-2012, 08:19 AM
I as well have taken all of Johanne's classes before there was any such thing as organizational classes. There was about 40 of us if I recall. I also have met this wonderful instructor in person last March at his first workshop. He is as kind and talented in real time as he is virtually. We are all extremely fortunate to be able to access online webinars as extraordinary as this. We are forever learning and always students...in life and in our art.

12-10-2012, 08:36 AM
Here's my attempt. I chose the wrong colours for the background so struggled with it. I really enjoyed the paint-along and learnt a lot.
Thanks Jo.

Best Regards,


12-10-2012, 12:29 PM
Great paintings everyone.

I am going to call this one finished (for now anyway :lol: ).
(On the upload the background looks a lot bluer than it is, it is much greyer).

I've been with Joe since the beginning, but this is my first paintalong - I couldn't join in the others. I certainly agree that Joe is a great teacher and everytime I tackle a landscape, I hear his voice with his nuggets :lol:

12-10-2012, 12:33 PM
I will try to remember that Herb is Jac - is that Jacque?

To the point, I am not great at guessing where Johannes is going based on a photo or photos. He has a vision at the onset, but that can change as he is progressing to improve the painting. That is why he is the Master Artist and I am the lowly student - and will be for as long as he continues to share his abilities and knowledge.

For one of the paint-along sessions I did an under-painting in tonal masses the way Johannes taught us. This prevents me from painting in values that are too dark. Yep - you guessed it - I was wrong. Johannes did something different, but the block-in still helped me.

It always fascinates me to listen to Johannes as he paints. He has the patience of Job with us and the students in studio.

And Donna - you are so right and this cannot be emphasized enough: "We are all extremely fortunate to be able to access online webinars as extraordinary as this. We are forever learning and always students...in life and in our art."

This session was another learning experience. Johannes, your painting is exceptional in mood and application. I shall try painting this again when the video is available.


12-10-2012, 03:21 PM
This was another fun painting but I'm lacking the bright colors that Jo has in his. Only 1 Sat left, man those 4 weeks went by fast.



12-10-2012, 03:44 PM
Great Saturday. Here is my rendition. There's some glare from the camera, hopefully it still works. Comments/Critiques are always welcome and well received.

12-11-2012, 12:20 AM
[QUOTE=painterted]This was another fun painting but I'm lacking the bright colors that Jo has in his. Only 1 Sat left, man those 4 weeks went by fast.


Absolutely beautiful, Ted. From one waterpainter to another.

Thanks for always showing me that I can convert to watercolor.


12-11-2012, 01:15 AM
Ted that is absolutely Beautiful we'll done I just love your Water colour paintings

12-11-2012, 09:30 AM
Thank you Dixie, and thank you Banner.


12-11-2012, 03:57 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Dec-2012/79422-DSC02680.JPGThis was my first time to actually get to paint along and my first time at painting snow (snow is not common in south Arkansas so I don't get to observe it). Talk about out of comfort zone! I see several things I would do differently if doing it again but overall I'm pleased. Critique welcome.

12-13-2012, 04:28 PM
I notice the videos are now available for this class on the Northlight site. Now for some time to get painting!!!

Linda Reyes1959
12-17-2012, 01:11 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2012/978726-004.JPG Panpastel

12-18-2012, 10:59 AM
Wow, Linda! I don't have words to express my what I like about it.
Which size is it?

Linda Reyes1959
12-18-2012, 11:09 AM
Thank you Rosemarie. I did this on a 14x19 scrap piece of sanded paper, not sure what kind it was.

01-08-2013, 11:20 AM
Finally I had time to watch the videos from december 8th. Gosh how much information on painting techniques, hues, depth, light and tricks Johannes gave us! Had I known I would have taken notes. There were some new nuggets that I hadn't heard during the 2 years I have attended the classes.

And everyones paintings were fabulous. I wonder if I can pull it off in watercolour? Ted, you did a beautiful Golden Pond painting!